Square Enix Officially Jumps On Board The OUYA Train – Announces Enhanced Final Fantasy 3 Remake

If full Onlive compatibility wasn’t enough to sway you into picking up the OUYA, maybe their all new buddy will. It looks like the OUYA console has snagged its first big fish, reeling in video game publishing giant Square Enix who’s now officially on board the OUYA-train. Square Enix announced that the recently launched Final Fantasy 3 will be the first title they’ll bring to the Android game console, and marks the very first time US gamers will have the opportunity to play FF3 on their television screens.

More than a mere port, Square Enix promises Final Fantasy will be given an HD graphical overhaul to take advantage of OUYA’s powerful hardware, and a free demo will be provided for those new to the franchise. What’s more, Android games are typical confined into using no more than 50MB of RAM at any point to keep from killing off too many background apps and to help save battery. Because the OUYA wont be battery powered and has no real need for multitasking, developers can finally take advantage of that full 1GB of RAM to use on their games. Let’s not forget the console will come pre-rooted at the users request. Hot diggity dog!

I was wary at first, but OUYA is shaping up to be a real contender in the gaming space. Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony better watch out. Hey, Kevin — you still have 8 more days to get in your pre-order. OUYA’s official Kickstarter page can be found below.

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  • slsf617

    Oh snap did Chris call Kevin out for his article slamming the OUYA?!?!?

  • James Cook

    I got in the Kickstarter fund at the $99 level. What’s the worst that can happen? Looking forward to this little guy in my living room!

    • Tommy Thompson

      Thought about it, but didn’t. Kinda wish I would have like I kinda wish I would have pre-ordered a damn Nexus Q!

  • Zenstrive

    no real need for multitasking? are you saying I can not read ebook on ouya while playing games at the same time?

  • phinn

    I think this thing is going to be a total flop, especially considering PS4 and Xbox 3 are around the corner with next-gen graphics.

    It would be nice to have an Android based console… I hoped PS4 would be it. A cheap ARM one that’s compatible with phones would be nice too. But if it can’t play the latest COD in HD (which is more than current gen can do) at 60fps, it’s a fail in my book. Not that I play the game, but a game like that would be epic enough to help sales.

    • Jason Gotsch

      Next generation graphics? Even graphics have a point of diminishing return. What was once impressive is no longer. The OUYA will display games in 1080p HD. 60fps? What would be the purpose of such high frame rates….besides making your console cost more? And if cost isn’t an issue why even bother with consoles? Build your own smokin’ machine if you just want to brag about speed and frame rates.

      • phinn

        My point was this console needs a “halo” to sell it. I don’t think yet-another FF-3 remake will do. If it supported a COD game at HD and 60fps with voice chat I would expect it would get big. There are just too many things console games have grown accustomed too like that… Probably the forthcoming Nvidia Wayne SOC with 2GB ram would do well.

  • http://twitter.com/MrYuzhai *Certified_geek™

    so.. if i already have this game from the play store.. do i have to pay again?! wait a sec.. what about all the other games i have purchased from google play?? as the ouya (sp? or is that right) runs on android, can we put the google play app on it and have instant access to everything we’ve already paid for??

    if yes.. then it’s worth a purchase – if no? then sorry but count me out..and this may be in that case suited to people new to android.

  • Patrick Cassels

    “OUYA’s powerful hardware” may look reasonable by today’s standards but given the time it will take to get to market I predict there be disappointment when it launches with outdated and underpowered hardware. Honestly, for me it’s just an emulation box/media player. Nothing more.

  • rajendra82

    Final Fantasy VI is what I want (or VII would be OK too). With the right emulators, it would happen.